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Whicham, Cumberland

Historical Description

Whicham, a parish in Cumberland, around Silecroft station on the Furness railway, and 8 miles SW of Broughton-in-Furness. It comprises the village of Silecroft, which has a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.) Acreage, 4882 of land and 340 of water and foreshore; population, 455. Nearly two-thirds of the land are moorish waste. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; gross value, £240 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is a plain building.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCumberland 
Ecclesiastical parishWhicham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBootle 
WardAllerdale above Derwent 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Whicham from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.


Online maps of Whicham are available from a number of sites:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cumberland, 1615 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionNorth West
Postal districtLA18
Post TownMillom